I’m kind of on a papaya kick, if you haven’t noticed.
Last week I shared my take on a Vegan Papaya Salad (seriously, so good). Last summer I shared my Tropical Papaya Boats (hello fruity dessert heaven). And this week, a papaya smoothie! For not being my #1 favorite fruit, I must admit, papaya is growing on me. I even tried a pomelo this week. Who am I?
This smoothie was inspired by a surplus of papaya after experimenting with my papaya salad. I had some leftover fruit and decided to freeze it, which lends itself perfectly to smoothies. Plus, papaya is incredibly nutritious and detoxifying with tons of vitamin C, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, and folate, among other health benefits.
As always, this recipe is simple, requiring just 6 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes to prepare.
Frozen papaya and banana make up the creamy, naturally sweet base, while ginger and lime add a balance of zing and acidity. Carrot juice gives it a beautiful orange color and even more nutrients, while coconut milk adds healthy fats and creamy coconut flavor. Major swoon.
I think you guys are going to LOVE this smoothie! It’s:
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Coconut Papaya Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups frozen ripe papaya cubes
- 1 small ripe banana (previously peeled, sliced and frozen)
- 1-2 tsp minced ginger (to taste)
- 2 medium limes, juiced (2 limes yield ~1/4 cup or 60 ml)
- 1/2 cup carrot juice
- 1/2 cup light coconut milk
- 1-2 Tbsp agave nectar (optional // or other sweetener of choice)
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth, adding more carrot juice or coconut milk if it has trouble blending.
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more banana (or agave) for sweetness, lime for acidity, or ginger for zing.
Enjoy immediately. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for 24 hours, or freeze into popsicles for longer term storage.
*Prep time does not include freezing papaya or banana.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 2 smoothies)
- Calories: 152
- Fat: 3.6g
- Saturated fat: 3g
- Sodium: 45mg
- Carbohydrates: 32.9g
- Fiber: 5g
- Sugar: 16.9g
- Protein: 2.4g